Friday, January 20, 2012

The Big Bang Theory: "The Recombination Hypothesis"

The Big Bang Theory aired its hundredth episode last night, in which Leonard and Penny spontaneously go out to dinner. The date turns sour, but they end up having latenight sex and decide not to reveal to the group that they've gotten back together. Very late, Leonard is snapped back to before he asked Penny out. In other words, Leonard imagined most of the episode's events.

I enjoyed "The Recombination Hypothesis". The dialogue was expository at times, but I thought it honored the show's history and brought newer viewers up to speed. The shot of Leonard staring wistfully at Penny as he came up the stairs recalled the pilot. Their decision to keep their relationship secret recalled Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco's actual relationship.

Most of all, I like how the show has grown to include Penny's view of Leonard, but the expansion makes it difficult to accept that Leonard imagined the whole thing. Did he imagine Amy and Bernadette's conversation with Penny as she got ready for the date? Or was that Penny's imagination?

Next week, Leonard and Penny experiment with their new relationship. Does this mean the actual date went exactly as Leonard imagined? I wish there were fewer dream sequences on TV in general. Even in comedy, I can relate better when characters' actions make a difference and can't be taken back.

Have you thought this through?

Yes. And I think we should go anyway.

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